Jennifer J C Thompson nee CoetzeeMany years ago I had the following interesting experience with the completion of my graduate year in Social Sciences.While conducting a survey/interview with grade...

Jennifer J C Thompson nee Coetzee

Many years ago I had the following interesting experience with the completion of my graduate year in Social Sciences.While conducting a survey/interview with grade R/Sub A learners: the field of focus : life and the definition of life (What is alive)responses ranged a) vehicle lights are alive (with reference to 'warmth' and 'sight') b) the road is alive (reference to 'warmth') c) plants are alive (ref. growth) d) humans are alive: all understood by the learners as ' being alive by similar categories of definition.'

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It is always interesting to explore and probe into the grey area that exists just beneath the surface of our assumptions.

At first, we may each think we know what is alive and what is not alive and exactly where the line is, but given a few prompts like you gave to your subjects, we quickly see that our assumptions only covered a much larger and somewhat troubling "unknown".

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That is interesting. Did you give them th criteria of being warm as being alive? I would not think most students would come up with that distinction on their own. I actually never really thought about it that way. What other criteria could be used? Moving?
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jenniferjcthompson | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Hello e-martin Yes to some the unknown daunts.Too much exploration also might not serve any appropriate advantage except increase quandry or distort an already intricate quest.Nevertheless, is it not enriching to venture to understand whatever we can.The means and modes of our search to know appeals to me.I am fascinated by the endeavours of humans in their attempts to know their contexts and any other rare searches. With respect to life and living;we must know the value in our awareness that indicates to us that we know life and living.Various sciences present verification and validation of this  differently.A challenge I have always pondered upon in analysis is that we exist in the heart and mind of Almighty God created in His perfect and holy image beyond human reasoning and understanding but that we know and are sure that we live.In addition to this I claim that we are constituted of particles identifiable and distinguishable one from the other.In analysis this actually defines us as 'super-human / supernatural reasoners' The rational  defines our wisdom that by experience we know life as life is lived.I will elaborate on this in another posting later.The Lord bless you,Jennifer.

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That is interesting. Did you give them th criteria of being warm as being alive? I would not think most students would come up with that distinction on their own. I actually never really thought about it that way. What other criteria could be used? Moving?

Good morning litteacher8:Yes I was fascinated as well.I presented the variables for them to consider and locate rationally thereby indicating an awareness of distinctions and their ability to distinguish between life-forms / creations / objects / types / variations:differences / values / levels of life :I was suitably impressed that their impressions were presented confidently and persuasively as they pondered how to articulate their responses. 

Their responses were interesting specifically for the reason that toddlers and  children a little older to age 6 generally define/express their 'world' 'actions' 'associations' 'relations' very particularly within known, general and common categories-parental:my mummy's plant; daddy's car ; kitty's tail; woof's doggy-house :what these little ones did was that their discussions were general considerations of general objects:but that they knew that they were human.They had begun to reason concretely and abstractly within one set frame of reference without expressions indicating distinctions.We would refer to that as 'refinement of data'.

I did not enquire if /probe if their verbal communication implied a cognitive/mental awareness and interpretation to the extent of  a verbal response that the variables were different forms of existence with distinctions.

Almighty God bless you.

Jennifer

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